Ionia County is situated east of Kent County, Michigan and south of Montcalm County. It is home to the 8th Judicial Circuit Court as well as the 64A District Court. Both courts sit in the county seat, Ionia, Michigan.
64A District Court
The 64A District Court is located at:
101 W Main St
Ionia, MI 48846
Hon. Raymond P. Voet
The Hon. Raymond P. Voet is the only district judge for Ionia County. He has been on the bench since 1999. Judge Voet presides over all criminal cases punishable by one year or less in the county jail. He also presides over preliminary examinations in all criminal cases.
Judge Raymond P. Voet Graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree from Aquinas College in 1984 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from University of Detroit Law School in 1987. Judge Voet took the bench in March of 1999, and was re-elected in the years 2000, 2002 and 2008.
Prior to becoming Chief District Court Judge, Judge Voet was Ionia County’s elected prosecuting attorney, having been elected in 1992, and re-elected in 1996. Judge Voet started his law career as an assistant prosecutor for Ionia County in 1987.
Judge Voet is a lifelong resident of Ionia, attending Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School, and graduating from Ionia High School in 1980. Judge Voet received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Aquinas College in 1984, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law in 1987.
8th Circuit Court
The 8th Circuit Court is located at:
100 W Main St
Ionia, MI 48846
Hon. Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger
Judge Kreeger is the Chief Judge of the 8th Circuit. In addition to presiding over felony criminal matters, she is responsible for overseeing the administrative functions of the court. Judge Kreeger was elected in 2008 to fill the seat vacated by the Hon. Charles H. Miel. Prior to her election, Judge Kreeger was the Friend of the Court for Ionia County.
Trials at The 8th Circuit Court
During trial, Judge Kreeger does not generally allow attorneys to conduct their own voir dire. Generally speaking, the court conducts all of the voir dire, but she allows the attorneys to submit written voir dire questions in advance. After a criminal matter is bound over to her court, your attorney will receive a scheduling order indicating the possible trial dates. Normally a case will be set for trial on three to five separate dates. On each trial date, the oldest case will be tried. However, as many cases resolve without trial, it is not uncommon for a case to be tried on the first or second jury trial date.
Sentencing at The 8th Circuit Court
All circuit court judges are bound by the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines when imposing sentences in felony matters. Except in circumstances where there are substantial and compelling reasons to depart from the guidelines, you can expect that Judge Kreeger will impose a sentence within guidelines. Fines and costs are generally in the neighborhood of $1,000-1,500. Especially where incarceration is imposed, payment plans can be arranged.
Hon. Ronald Schafer
Judge Schafer was appointed to fill the seat vacated by David Hoort’s retirement. Prior to his appointment to the 8th Circuit Court, Judge Schafer was the elected Ionia County Prosecutor.
Trials in Ionia County
During trial, most judges in Ionia County allow attorneys to conduct their own voir dire. After a criminal matter is bound over to his court, your attorney will receive a scheduling order indicating the possible trial dates. Normally a case will be set for trial on three to five separate dates. On each trial date, the oldest case will be tried. However, as many cases resolve without trial, it is not uncommon for a case to be tried on the first or second jury trial date.
Sentencing in Ionia County
It is the “norm” to impose 5 years of probation. The probation department in Ionia County watches probationers quite closely.
Are You Facing Ionia County Criminal Charges?
If you are facing charges in Ionia County, you should talk to an Ionia County Criminal Defense Attorney. Our lawyers have tried jury trials in the 8th Circuit Court and 64A District Court. We have the experience to maximize your chances of winning. To schedule a consultation, call the Ionia criminal defense attorneys at Miel & Carr at 616-773-2945 .